School of Business MBA Cohort Demonstrates Service Leadership

MBA Cohort Lines Up with Clyde the Cougar at the James Island Connector Run to benefit the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation

All 24 members of the School of Business’ MBA cohort recently participated in the James Island Connector Run benefiting the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation. Recognizing the importance of community involvement, all MBA students raced, volunteered their time or made donations.

MBA student Richard Wilkerson hands out water to walkers and runners.

MBA student Richard Wilkerson hands out water to walkers and runners.

The GK Foundation gives students with disabilities the opportunities that many of us take for granted and creates a much needed awareness within the community.

Dr. David Desplaces and Dr. Thomas Kent, who teach in the MBA program, also volunteered their time and participated in race-day activities.

Community involvement is valued by the School’s deans and faculty who recognize the it plays in building relationships and fostering unique learning experiences.

For the MBA cohort, service leadership is an integral part of the program as it continues to grow and gain recognition.

“We feel that giving back to the community is an essential component of the School of Business MBA experience,” says Christy Dose, student and co-chair of the MBA Association.  “As future business leaders, we are  conscious of what it means to be good corporate and community citizens and to show social rresponsibility through active engagement.”

The next outreach effort for the MBA cohort is the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program this holiday season.  The students are planning their own outreach event for the spring semester.

The runners/walkers included Micah Mallace, Kevin Waltermire, Kathryn Metscher, Gillian Mechling, Christy Dose, Morgan Marvelli, Morgan Hart, Joe Becker, Kyle Ginty and Maureen Porzio.  The students who helped at the water stand included Matt McDonnell, Nick Hassig and Richard Wilkerson.  The remaining 11 students made a financial donation.

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